Kiamesha Otey, a graduate of New Kent High, recently completed her third season as an assistant track and field coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Otey, who earned All-American honors three times while representing the University of Virginia, primarily works with jumpers and multi-event athletes. She recently was recruiting for the Blazers at the state Group A meet.
Otey earned six All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a Cavalier, twice winning the ACC crown in the long jump. She set the ACC outdoor long-jump record of 21 feet, 5 1/2 inches and the U.Va. indoor 60-meter mark of 7.37 seconds. She graduated in 2003 with a sociology degree and became a pro athlete, winning the USA Indoor indoor long jump that year by going 20-9 1/4.
She was a volunteer assistant coach for U.Va. in 2003-04, and she competed in the Olympic trials in '04 and '08. A knee injury prompted her retirement in 2009, and she answered UAB's call soon afterward.
At New Kent, she holds several school records, and two of her state Group A marks still stand -- 11.93 in the 100-meter dash in 1999 and a long jump of 19-6 1/4 in '98.
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